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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Stem Cells 101

Published: March 31, 2007

What it is (and isn’t), why it’s promising, and who can benefit.

Embryonic Stem Cells Hold Tremendous Promise

The suffering of millions could end

  • These cells could be the ‘missing link’ needed to cure some of the world’s most deadly diseases.

Stem cell grants come with dash of criticism

Published: March 30, 2007

Carl T. Hall, Chronicle Science Writer

One of the state’s most prominent stem cell researchers was judged to be a little “naive” on some technical areas. Another scientist was questioned as to whether he has the “expertise” to carry out his research. One other veteran investigator was said to be taking a potentially irrelevant approach “from a clinical perspective.”

Public criticisms of scientists by other scientists are rare. But that’s part of the price for anyone obtaining a grant from California’s new $3 billion stem cell research program.

This Spring, Stop and Smell the Tax Deductions!

Published: March 29, 2007

Let’s face it – tax time isn’t fun for ANYONE. If you live with a spinal cord injury or other Disability, it can be even more of a challenge to get those taxes done. Fortunately, help is available! Not to mention, you may be eligible for more deductions than you thought!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers assistance for those with disabilities through a variety of options. The IRS website states if you are unable to complete your return because of a physical disability, you may obtain assistance from an IRS office, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by the IRS.

Ireland is set to play a significant role in field of stem cell research

Published: March 29, 2007

Gary Culliton looks at progress in the field of stem cell research and finds that Ireland could be a major player as developments unfold over the next five years, particularly in NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine InstituteIreland is set to be a significant player in the field of stem cell research over the next five years. A new clinical research facility is on the cards for Galway, which will provide beds for patients enrolled in stem cell therapy clinical trials.

“This country has a clinical network that will readily facilitate such trials,” said Prof Frank Barry, the Scientific Director of NUI Galway’s Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI).

Many promises of stem cell research

Published: March 28, 2007

A scientist working in a laboratory.
A scientist working in a laboratory.
Stem cells have been dogged by political and ethical controversies because some are derived from discarded human embryos, and because of fear and confusion about links with human reproductive cloning.

The future of stem cell therapies was thrown deeper into doubt in late 2005, when a leader of the field – Woo Suk Hwang, South Korea’s stem cell king” – was found to have forged key discoveries and flouted ethical protocols. So has the stem cell miracle been postponed? No.

Committee passes dueling bills on stem cell research

Published: March 27, 2007

TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers tackled the issue of stem-cell research Tuesday facing the same question that dominates a national debate: Should taxpayers fund research that involves destroying human embryos?

That question played the key role as senators considered dueling bills that each call for spending $20 million a year on stem-cell research — but differ about whether money should go to embryonic research.

Paralyzed teen forced to reset goals

Published: March 27, 2007

image_5243159PORT ST. LUCIE — Seventeen-year-old Tiffany Przenkop saw her friend screaming from under the dashboard and flames shooting from under the hood when she realized she couldn’t move.

She saw a passing trucker put out the fire, peering in at her in the back seat every few moments to ask whether she was still alive.

And she saw paramedics surrounding her inside a hospital-bound helicopter.

Wheels in Motion ready to roll

Published: March 27, 2007

Rick Hansen event raises funds for spinal cord injuries and research

Powell River’s third annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion takes place from 10 am to 1 pm, on Sunday, June 10 at the Powell River Recreation Complex.

Community members, businesses and families can collect pledges and walk, bike, run, rollerblade, skateboard, or wheelchair along designated routes around Powell River. Route lengths vary from three to 10 kilometres.

Spinal injury patient shows improvement

Published: March 27, 2007

Chandigarh, March 28: A spinal cord injury victim who was a subject of stem cell experimentation at PGI has shown tremendous progress, doctors said today. Uggar Sain had undergone surgery and after adequate decompression and stabilisation, stem cells had been placed in the vicinity of the injured spinal cord, with the hope that there may be Regeneration of the injured neuro tissue.

“This was done on December 20, 2006, and in three months time the patient has been able to walk,” said Professor of Department of Orthopaedics at PGI Dr Raj Bahadur. “Sain was a Paraplegic.

Increase in spinal cord injury noted

Published: March 27, 2007

The number of spinal cord injuries among the older population has increased dramatically over the last three decades.

Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injury and this is becoming particularly true for the aging population. A new study from Thomas Jefferson University now reveals that spinal cord injury is becoming a bigger problem among the over-70s.